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The Diary of Theodosia Ford
   
Theodosia Ford

Exhibit at Women's Rights National Historical Park
Site of the first Women's Rights Convention (July 19-20, 1848)


136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York

Map and Directions
| Park website | (315) 568-0024

Free Admission


Exhibit on view from July 1 to August 31, 2018
Open seven days a week | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Press Release





   

New Jersey’s Morristown National Historical Park (“MNHP”) is probably best known as the site of George Washington’s headquarters, which he operated out of the Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion.  What is less known is that it was Jacob Ford’s widow, Theodosia (1741-1824), who opened up her home to Washington and who endured much hardship in support of the American Revolution.  

In honor of this unsung hero, New York artist Xiomáro selected 12 of his photographs from a collection of almost 100 that was commissioned by the National Park Service.  Each print is accompanied by a compelling narrative written by the artist.  The events and dates are factual, but Theodosia’s story is presented as an imagined diary that dramatizes what her feelings might have been as she and her four children lived through this very difficult time in history.  During the winter of 1779-80, their home was shared with Washington, his wife Martha, and a large entourage of officers to serve as a strategic command post  It was one of the harshest winters with more than 20 snowstorms – and “cold enough to cut a man in two” as described by a soldier.

Jude Pfister of MNHP and the author of two books on the Fords notes that “the domestic aspects are easily lost in the presence of Washington, but Xio has managed to capture the mansion’s essence as a home.”

 

 

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